Ex-TEPCO Execs Acquitted over 2011 Nuclear Crisis

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Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo District Court on Thursday ruled three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> not guilty over Japan's worst nuclear accident, triggered by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The verdict was given in the only criminal trial so far related to the triple-meltdown accident at TEPCO's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

The three--former Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 79, and former executive vice presidents Ichiro Takekuro, 73, and Sakae Muto, 69--were charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury.

They were accused of failing to prevent the accident that resulted in the death of 44 people, including inpatients forced to evacuate from a nearby hospital.

Lawyers playing the role of prosecutors in the case sought a prison term of five years for the three.

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